slogan: "Get a Lode of Us."
Val Verde County, West
Hwys 90 & 163
29 miles NW of Del
18 miles E of Langtry
in a Pecan Shell|
Named after a railroad dispatcher for the Galveston, Harrisburg and San
Antonio Railroad, Comstock came into being about 1883. The original town site
was just east of present Comstock and was called Sotol City.
Like hundreds of towns in Texas, the post office appeared at the same time as
the first store. In this case the year was 1888 and the store belonged to George
Washington Ames. The Deaton Stage Line operated between Comstock and Ozona
for 22 years beginning in 1888. The population was as low as 8 people during the
depression, and reached a peak of 400 during WWII*.
Today Comstock is a little too close to Del
Rio for travelers heading west to need a rest stop so soon, and east-bound
travelers probably stopped in Langtry.
The hilly terrain makes an interesting residential section. The highway frontage
is littered with failed businesses and the liveliest building in town is the U.S.
Border Patrol Station.
Newman Gang by Mike Cox
Bud Newman didn’t amount to much as an
outlaw, but not for lack of grit... While Newman never hit the big time, he clearly
had aspirations. And his memory lived on well into the 20th century at Comstock,
where some of his exploits occurred... more
The Wolfman of Comstock
by Gary Humphreys
This is a true story told to me by my mother, during
| The water
tower stands in a residential backyard. It now serves as a reservoir for a swimming
pool.* (See Comstock
Forum) The present condition of the water tower is not representative of the
charming community of Comstock.|
*Our source, as it often is, is the Handbook
of Texas Online.
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Comstock stage line was owned by George Deaton - Lou Lane, April 27, 2005
was raised in Comstock, Texas and now make my home in Houston. The water tower
was constructed, as you mentioned, as a reservoir for the swimming pool. It never
served as the water tower for the town. It is on private property but as a small
child, I remember swimming in the pool. - PKZ, December 13, 2004
Val Verde County map showing Comstock|
(Below "E" in "VAL VERDE".
Texas General Land Office
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